Residual ACT Test

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Residual ACT Test

The Residual ACT test is only for those who are enrolled, admitted, or applying to Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  The Residual ACT is equivalent in content and structure to the National ACT, but individual test questions are different.  Both tests consist of four parts: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.  The Residual ACT is not a replacement for the National ACT, nor is it a practice test for the National.

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy 

Students are strongly encouraged to take the National ACT whenever possible.  The Residual ACT is appropriate for students who cannot take the National ACT before the enrollment deadline.  Northwestern can accept only one Residual ACT score from a student during the testing year (November 1 through October 31), but multiple National ACT scores can be submitted.  This policy applies to concurrent enrollment as well as admission to Northwestern.

Test Scores

Residual ACT scores are reported only to Northwestern and cannot be transferred to another institution.  Students can contact Registry to find out their scores.  Privacy laws prevent the release of scores to anyone other than the person who took the exam.


The cost of the Residual ACT at Northwestern is $40.00.  Payment should be made at the Business Office before coming to the testing room.

Upcoming Test Dates in Alva:

  • Wednesday, July 12: 1:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday, July 26: 1:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday, August 9: 1:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday, August 23: 1:30 - 5:00

Testing begins promptly at the time scheduled.  Students should plan to arrive at the testing room at least 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin.  LATE ARRIVALS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED once the door has been shut.  The test session lasts about 3 ½ hours.

Pre-registration for the Residual ACT is required.  Those wanting to test can fill out the pre-registration form on this website (see link below) or call the Academic Success Center at (580) 327-8149.

The test is given in room IE 105.  The Business Office will direct you there when payment is made.

Admission to the Test

For admission to the test, students must present the following:

  • Receipt for payment from the Business Office
  • Official photo ID (e.g., driver's license)

Note:  Requirements for ID have recently changed.  See updated information at ACT's website:


Calculators are permitted on the math test only.  Students are responsible for knowing if their calculator is prohibited or not.  Prohibited calculators include those with built-in computer algebra systems and calculators built into cell phones or handheld and laptop computers.  Note:  Using the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT for prohibited calculator use.  Complete information on calculators can be found on the ACT's website.

Other Information

ACT requires a 60-day waiting period between residual examinations, even if taken at different institutions.  See also the Oklahoma Regents Policy as summarized above.  The ACT cannot be taken more than 12 times; national and residual tests are both included in this limit.  For more information about the test, to schedule a National ACT, or to take a practice test, visit the official website at

Contact Information

     Alva: Matt Barnes (580) 327-8149,
     Enid:  Candace Reim (580) 213-3147,
     Woodward: Kristin Mravinec (580)254-2502,


To register for a Residual ACT at Northwestern in Alva, click here.